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Technology in After School ProgramsNot Just Surfing… REALLY Using Computers

Andrew Sears

Executive Director



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  • About TechMission and AC4

  • Technology Training Activities

  • Computers Supporting Academics

  • Additional Resources

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TechMission, Inc.

  • TechMission, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) with the goal of supporting Christian computer centers through two program areas:

    • Association of Christian Community Computer Centers (AC4): supporting Christian CTCs across the world through an association model (currently with over 600 member organizations)

    • TechMission Boston Program: supporting Christian Community Technology Centers (CTCs) in the greater Boston area through direct program support with plans to replicate in other cities (LA and Chicago)

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Our Mission

  • Mission: to support Christian community computer centers across the world as they address the Digital Divide by providing others with computer skills to make a living and a spiritual foundation to make a life

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Locations of AC4 Members

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TechMission Boston Program

  • Program operated by TechMission and partners across six sites in Boston

  • Provides at-risk high school students with:

    • SAT preparation class to over 200 students

    • MCAS preparation class to 175 students

    • Academic tutoring and support

    • College planning and preparation

    • Computer classes to over 350 adults

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Technology Training Activitiesfor After School Programs

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How Learning Occurs

  • People Remember…

    • 10% of what they read

    • 20% of what they hear

    • 30% of what they see

    • 50% of what they see and hear

    • 70% of what they discuss with others

    • 80% of what they experience personally

    • 90% of what they teach to someone else

From psychologist William Glasser

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After School “Tech Time”

  • Project based learning works best

    • Teaching software does not work without a goal

  • Integrate computers with other activities in after school program

    • Black History Month, Scan in Art, Themes

  • Need to split age groups (k-8 into 2 or 3 age groups)

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  • Lesson Plan: Encarta Africana Heroes

    • Step 1: Students find a hero using Encarta Africana. They answer questions on worksheet.

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Step 2: Students use Microsoft Word to make posters of their heroes. Posters include details from worksheet and pictures of heroes (copy & paste is learned!).

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Lesson Plan: Poetry

Step 1: Students find a poet in Encarta Africana or Internet

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Step 2: Students search for their poets on the Internet. They print out poems written by their poets.

Step 3: Students take one line of their poem. They write their own poems using that line.

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History of Hip Hop

  • Step 2: Students find a Hip Hop musician on the Internet. They print out the lyrics of three of their songs. Students think about what these songs say and their deeper message.

  • Step 3: Students summarize their research (history and lyrics) with analysis in a six slide PowerPoint presentation. Students present their slide show to the class.

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Sample Projects:Digital Art

Self-Portraits using Photoshop

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Music Mixing

  • Acid Music (

    • Easy to Use “Loops” Tool for 2nd Grade Up

    • Free download at

  • Pro Tools (

    • Advanced Music Mixing Capabilities (Mac & PC) for 7 grade and up

    • Free version at:

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Using Technology to Assist in Academic Learning

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Ways Computers Can Assist Academic Learning in After School Programs

  • Computerized Assessment

    • Diagnose areas of need for individuals

  • Supporting Tutors with Online Tools

    • Provide tutors with diagnostics, curriculum, lesson plans and rubrics to improve tutoring

  • Computerized Tutorials

  • Educational and “Edutainment” Software

  • Measuring Performance, Reporting and Aligning with School Standards

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Performance Measurement, Reporting and Alignment with Standards

  • Can quantify measurable improvement using pre and post diagnostic tests

    • Curriculum is aligned with Department of Education Standards

  • Can report results for individual students and for whole program

    • Identify areas of strength and weakness

    • Report to funders

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Web-based Curriculum Providers Standards

  • Plato Learning (

    • Market leader

  • Lightspan (

    • Good assessment, integration with standards (subdivision of Plato)

  • Compass Learning (

    • Good assessment, integration with standards and fun learning tools

  • Riverdeep (

    • Best source for fun learning tools

  • Pearson (

    • Good assessment and integration with standards

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Educational and “Edutainment” StandardsSoftware

  • Jumpstart Series

    • Provides educational games for kids ages k-6

  • Web-Based Educational Games


  • Encyclopedia Africana

    • Provides the most complete encyclopedia of African and African American information

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Importance of Online Safety Standards

  • 9 in 10 kids ages 8-16 yrs have viewed porn online, mostly unintentionally, and when using the Internet to do homework (UK: News Telegraph, NOP Research Group, 1/17/02)

  • Danger of Chat Rooms

    • 1 in 5 children who use Chat rooms have been approached by a pedophile online ( 1/02)

    • 89% of sexual solicitations were made in either Chat rooms or Instant Messages (Pew Study reported in JAMA, 2001)

    • 2 in 5 of all abductions ages 15-17 are due to contact through the Internet (San Diego Police Department)

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Recommendations for Online Safety Standards

  • All CTC’s should have Internet filtering software installed

  • All Christian CTC should not allow IM and Chat Rooms

  • All CTC’s should have online safety programs to educate children of online dangers

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Web Site Filtering Software Standards

  • We Blocker

    • Free at

  • Filtering Service by Promise Keepers (

    • Filtered dial-up Internet access for $15.95

  • Filtering Server or Client Software

    • CleanWeb (

    • CyberPatrol (

    • Cybersitter (

    • CyberSnoop (

    • Net Nanny (

    • Net Shepherd (

    • Safesurf (

    • Watchdog (

    • X-Stop (

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Search Engines for Kids Standards

  • Ask Jeeves for Kids:

  • Yahooligans:

  • Lycos SafetyNet

  • OneKey

  • Education World:

  • Classroom Connect

  • Study Web

  • Kids Click!/

List provided by AC4 Member, Guy Yasika

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Other Resources in StandardsTechMission Manual

  • Includes Material on:

    • Getting Software Donations

    • Getting Hardware Donations

    • Getting Grants

    • Managing Tech Volunteers

    • Providing Computer Certifications

    • Curriculum for Computer Classes

    • More detail on materials covered in this presentation

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Benefits of AC4 Membership: StandardsTraining

  • Training through our national and regional tech conferences, workshops and conference calls

  • TechMission Manual: 60+ page manual for operating Tech Programs including curriculum and capacity building materials

  • Information and curriculum available to members only on our Website

  • Free electronic subscription to Christian Computing Magazine

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Benefits of AC4 Membership: Community Standards

  • Conferences: regional and national

  • Regional Chapters for regional collaboration

  • Volunteer Network: recruit volunteers for members through AC4’s website

  • E-mail List with over 700 participants

  • Contact List of Christian Computer Centers

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Benefits of AC4 Membership: Resources Standards

  • Subgrants and Intensive Technical Assistance totaling $750,000 (through the C4T Project in CA, IL and MA)

  • Discounted Gifts in Kind Membership providing access to over $800 million in product donations

  • Advocacy for members to foundations, corporations and government initiatives

  • Equipment: Assistance in securing computer and hardware donations

  • Consulting on starting and growing a computer center and Web Design

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How to Join AC4 Standards

  • Sign up for membership at

  • Membership cost

    • $20 per year for organizations with budgets over $500,000

    • $50 per year for organizations with budgets over $500,000

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TechMission Conferences Standards

  • TechMission National Technology and Ministry Conference: October 27-28, 2004 in Atlanta

  • TechMission West Coast Regional Technology and Ministry Conference: June 5, 2004 in Los Angeles

  • TechMission Northeast Regional Technology and Ministry Conference: March 2005 in Boston

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Helpful Sites for Youth StandardsMinisters in General



    • Sponsors of the Compassionworks Urban Youth Ministry Conference


    • Provides good material for youth pastors


    • Good Christian anti-pornography educational site


    • General Youth Ministry Website


    • Purchase materials for youth ministry


    • Get ideas for games for youth ministry

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Appendix Standards

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Digital Divide Standards

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Computer Industry Standards***


Jobs Down 55-65%*

Jobs Grown to 7.4 million &

Increasing 6.5% per year

Once provided 52%

of jobs to some groups,

but now only 28%**

65% of all jobs use computers

90% of all jobs use computer-

related technologies

* In a range of Northern cities between 1967-1987, When Work Disappears

** Statistics are for inner-city black men in Chicago

*** Other sources include Bureau of Labor Statistics and Department of Commerce

Computer Literacy and Jobs